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Scholarship for Waffle House Worker Who Helped Customer

Cutting up a 78-year-old man’s food yields her $16,000 for college

Waffle House waitress Evoni Williams says she did nothing special when she cut up Adrien Charpentier’s food for him as he dined at her Texas restaurant. But, others disagree and are rewarding her act of kindness in a big way.

It was Saturday morning when Charpentier was sitting at the Waffle House counter with his oxygen tank having breakfast. The 78-year-old can handle grits and the soft bites, but when it came to the piece of ham he ordered, he needed help. He told the 18-year-old worker behind the counter that his hands are no longer up to par.

“If I want to cut my meat, I look like I'm stabbing it," Charpentier told KHOU, a news station in Houston.

Without hesitation, Williams picked up the knife and starting cutting.

Another customer at the restaurant took notice of what was happening and thought it was the nicest thing. Laura Wolf shared what she witnessed on Facebook, writing in part: “… I'm thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative. If we could all be like this waitress & take time to offer a helping hand.”

Her post gained the praise of many. 

“Someone told me a few days later that I was very popular because they got me on Facebooks," Charpentier said (and yes, he called it "Facebooks").

Among the people and groups taking notice — the City of La Marque and Texas South University. The city gave her a proclamation and the school gave her a $16,000 scholarship after learning she has been waitressing to save up for college. The unexpected reward brought Williams and her mother to tears.

"It just came from the heart," Williams told ABC 13, adding that she'd do it again for any other customer who needs help.

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